Thursday, March 05, 2009

Millions extra for Lincs schools...

Lincolnshire schools are to receive an extra £16.5 million funding this year as part of the Government's commitment to investing in the local economy - and bringing forward improvements to benefit children and their teachers.

Investing millions more to improve Lincolnshire schools is good news at any time – but putting extra money into the local economy right now is a major boost to help local firms get through the recession and protect local jobs.

It's real help for local builders, plumbers, electricians, carpenters, painters and others who work in construction and a boost to children and teachers who will benefit from top quality new facilities sooner.

Every school in Lincolnshire will benefit from a share of the £5.7 million spending brought forward to the new financial year which starts in April. The money is in addition to £14.4 million already allocated.

It means that from next month, well over £20 million will go direct to Lincolnshire’s head teachers. Schools can choose how to spend the money as they see fit, from building new classrooms or science laboratories to fitting out new gyms or ICT facilities.

At the same time, the Government is allowing Lincolnshire County Council to bring forward £10.8 million of funding for larger school building projects. This is on top of £16.6 million already allocated, making a total of £27.4 million spending this year.

The dual announcements mean a total of £47.6 million will be spent on improving Lincolnshire’s school buildings and repairs from next month - £16.5 million of it brought forward from the following year.

I hope local schools will get on and spend the extra money - not just to improve facilities for pupils but to support small businesses and jobs.

Sadly, David Cameron’s Do-Nothing Tories oppose Labour’s plan to bring forward spending on school buildings.

Precisely when we should be supporting the economy, the Tories want to cut spending, including slashing billions of pounds from Labour’s school rebuilding programme.

I believe this would be bad news for Lincolnshire schools and bad news for jobs and businesses serving Lincolnshire.


Airborne said...

It will probably be spent on interpretors and translation services.

fairdealphil said...

No. it's millions extra to spend on new school buildings and repairs.